The Ozark Campground is one of the best camping sites in the park. Every campsite has river access within a short few minutes walk. Also within short distance are restrooms, and running water for drinking. Very nice place to car camp because you can bring food in a cooler and leave in your car. We brought chicken on ice and used to fire ring at our campsite with a grate to grill up steaks for dinner. Each site also comes with a picnic table which is nice that you do not need to bring seats or a table, unless of course you want to sit around the fire! Beware, bugs can be bad in the warmer Summer months near the river so remember to bring bug repellant. After a long hot day of hiking nearby trails, the river is perfect for cooling off and going for a swim. I saw some people fishing but it didn’t look like there was too many fish from what I saw. Overall the campground is very clean and pretty quiet and $12 a night isn’t too bad, but I wish it was a little cheaper. Neighbors are respectful of one another and there is plenty of room at each site to put up hammocks and tents. Can’t wait to get back!
About 3 miles from Thompson Trailhead is the exquisite campground number 4. This campground has about enough space for 2-3 tents or hammocks. Theres a beautiful large boulder rock that overlooks Thompson Creek you can relax on or have meals on. Easy access to the river for clean drinking water and so quiet! Not to mention you can see some beautiful stars from the large rock right next to the campground!
This is a huge campground. Right across the river about 3/4 mile from the trailhead. Easily accessible to fresh water. Has nice logs around a campfire pit if you plan on having a nice campfire. Plenty of space to set up a tent, or a hammock. Very quiet, you will not hear any neighboring campers.
Came during Spring Break in the middle of March and the campground was completely full. Everybody in the campsite was very respectful of one another, and it wasn't too loud. Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table and a fire pit with a grill grate to prepare dinner. The picnic table is nice to set up meals and eat at. A quick walk away are bathrooms with flushing toilets and running water. The bathrooms also have a dish cleaning station which is very nice. Each campground has gravel which is nice for setting up tents. The ground stays dry and the area is not dusty or dirty. The only downside is you must bring your own firewood into the campground which can be expensive. Other than that, I highly recommend this campsite!